June 28, 2015
I think most of you already know where the two of us stand on this: as we mentioned in our video on Tips for a Happy Marriage, we’re not interested in getting rich. Our careers are in making each other happy, not in making ourselves money. In fact, one of the things we don’t talk about often is how we started Eatyourkimchi as a business. Before we hired anybody, and it was just the two of us, we were doing everything by ourselves and working obscene hours. It felt great in many ways, being so busy all the time, but we didn’t really take time for anything but the website. We figured it’s better, then, to take care of ourselves, spend more time together and not work on videos all of the time, so we hired other people to help out with the workload. Sure, that means we’d be earning less money, because we’d be paying other people, but so long as we make enough money to be satisfied with life, we’re ok with giving the rest of it away to people that work with us.
And I think for some people it’s difficult to determine what is “enough” money to be satisfied. I’m sure it differs in every country, as cost of living varies, but in the US, it seems like $75,000 is enough. And it’s not like money and happiness are mutually exclusive. It’s difficult to be happy if you can’t pay for rent or groceries, right? But I wonder how that’s different in Korea. Here, it’s much more acceptable for you to live with your parents after university, and to even live with them when you have a job, because renting here is obscenely expensive. So I’m sure the $75,000 figure has to be a lot different here, but I’m also not sure how many people here can work jobs that pay that well and have a decent quality of life. If you’re earning that much in Korea, are you working obscene hours?
For us, we’d rather earn less and spend more time together, rather than earn more and have no free time. Being together, for us, is worth more than money. Time isn’t a renewable resource; once a minute passes, you can never get it back. But spend a dollar, and there’s a good chance you can get a dollar again in the future.